President Russell M. Nelson stated that to be powerful disciples, “[o]ur focus must be riveted on the Savior and His gospel.” In his April 2017 General Conference address titled “Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives,” he suggested reading every verse of scripture listed in the Topical Guide’s heading and 57 subtitles referring to Jesus Christ.
These Family Home Evening lesson ideas stretch hearts and minds as they support that noble study. Begin by reading the scripture passages under one of the subtitles below. Doing so on mobile devices is extraordinarily easy, since you can click on each successive verse and see them in an instant!
- Jesus Christ, Birth of: Wise men brought gifts to the Savior after His long-awaited birth (Matthew 2). Getting those presents to Him was difficult. It required sacrifice of time and comfort to travel far. Jesus eventually gave all mankind the greatest gift that ever could be given– that of immortality and the possibility of eternal life with our Heavenly Father through His atonement, death and resurrection—suffering more than we can comprehend to get that to us.
- Invite your family to give to someone bearing a particular hardship near you. The very specific needs of agencies that help foster children, refugees, chronically ill patients, etc. can be found at justserve.org. Log on during FHE and choose an option that suits your interests, abilities and time constraints. Then, discover together how your small sacrifice will lighten a heavy burden. See how your love for all humankind and your appreciation for the Savior, who took upon Himself all of our struggles, can increase.
- Jesus Christ, Teaching Mode of: Jesus taught that the kingdom of God had arrived (Mark 1:14,15), and he frequently used parables to describe it. The Bible Dictionary says the word “parable” comes from a Greek word meaning “a comparison” and that parables compare divine truth to material things.
- In Matthew 13:31-33 and 44-48, Jesus, in five short parables, compares the kingdom of heaven to things such as a grain of mustard seed, a net, and hidden treasure. Read and discuss them.
- Pondering our modern times, to what would your family compare the kingdom of heaven? Create your own parable(s)! Jesus showed that it may only take one sentence. Perhaps start by thinking of a random object. How is the kingdom of heaven like a picture frame, for example, an electric piano, or a school bus?